Scott, who is a former world number one and double Rolex Grand Slam winner was riding the diminutive Ursula XII. The 16 year old mare is by the stallion Ahorn but was bred in Scotland and has had a long and successful career with Brash. He talks fondly of her and it is clear she holds a place in his heart.
Speaking after his win, Scott stroked her nose whilst we chatted:
“I’m delighted with her and a win here means a lot to me. We had some top riders and fast horses to beat and she answered all the questions.”
His other ride here, Hello Annie seemed erratic during the show and with his wonder horse Hello Sanctos coming to the end of the road, I asked Scott whether there were any other stable stars to take their place.
“Definitely” he confirmed. “It’s exciting, I have some promising young horses coming through including one my father bred that is shaping up really well.”
Personally if I had won the 165,000 euros in prize money I would almost definitely put it towards a Range Rover Sport and a Birkin handbag and that might leave me change for a Butet saddle. Scott clearly doesn’t agree with such frivolity.
“It will go back into the horses” he quipped when I asked him how he would spend his riches.
“With this job it goes very quickly, just on keeping them and travelling from show to show.” Definitely not husband material then!